The noble giant, Tibetan Mastiff is an imposingly large breed of dog. It is enormously independent and protective while impressively dominating, intelligent and self sufficient dog. The breed is affectionate to children, behaves carefully buts its massive size is somewhat warning for young toddlers. They are aloof of strangers, sociable with other pets if grown together; they stay calm and quiet indoors while active and energetic at outfields. Inquiring glance towards unfamiliar personnel and its huge structure both deter for a perfect watchdog and guard, you may face difficulties in bringing peoples into the house. They shed once in a year but grooming is still required.
The Tibetan Mastiff is one of a very few massive breeds of dog, the giant-sized breed holds a dignified and somber but kind expression through its immense double coat and watchful glimpse. The build is heavy, substantial with plenty of flesh. Boney and strong muscled physique with beauty of tail and bear like appearance add its dignified expressions. The gait is smooth, flawless with watchful demeanor. Although these Mastiffs are seen in shows recently in United States yet they are not good at organized show activities like obedience, agility and conformation.
The Tibetan Mastiff is believed to be existed around 1100 B.C in Tibetan region of China and possibly shares its ancestors with Molossers and Mastiffs around the world. The dog lived in isolated parts of Himalayan Mountains from where they emerged as Tibetan Mastiff of today. The breed was adapted as family and property guardian with Chinese farmers, usually the dogs were kept leashed or bounded during day time and off leashed at night. They were used to guard farmhouses, homes and other properties in the absence of human. In the mid of 1800s one dog of this breed was given to Queen Victoria, thereafter the dog is imported to England in a large quantity. Venetian traveler Marco Polo described the dog as tall as donkey with powerful voice of lion. The breed made its way to United States through India, Ladakh, Nepal and Afghanistan in 1970 and was placed in category of foundation stock. The dog gained popularity in USA and UK quite reciprocal of its area of origin being rarely found in Tibetan areas. Tibetan Mastiff Association was established during 1974 in America for registry. The official recognition by AKC was acquired in 2006. The breed is popular as guardian and strong watchdog besides trusted companion.
The Tibetan Mastiff is perfect watchdog and guard for homes, property and crops in the absent of human master. They are left behind to safeguard farmhouses and cattle yards when livestock is taken to higher pastures. The breed is alert, fearless, daring but not over reactive yet calm and serious. They are extremely effective against wild predators like wolves and leopards in defence
of their cattle when in fields.
The dog is easy to socialize but matures late; they need consistent training by a confident owner. The dog would get willful and stubborn besides territorial and overprotective even growling and biting if the owner could not show true leadership. Teach the dog that human is always a leader of the pack and to be obeyed in all cases. The dog responses quite well to affectionate dealing while housetrain, however tends non-cooperative if harsh methodology is adopted. Although, this breed is loving and caring to children yet risky to young kids for being knocked over incidentally due to its large size. They require early familiarization with other dogs and cats if kept as pet alike.
Their higher energies require extensive exercises, early morning and evening time is much suited for such activities as the dog is more active and lively during these timings. The breed is best suited for open houses, farms and fields; they are not suited for confined livings like apartments. The larger dog off course would require greater resources, accommodation, food and activities. Before adapting the Tibetan Mastiffs, be ready to invest more in both money and time.
Owner Should Know
Tibetan Mastiffs are not suitable for apartment livings just because of their massive size.
The giant Tibetan Mastiff should be satisfied by its physical exercises to keep it calm, the dog is found active in morning and evening times as compared to rest to the day. Plan their physical exercised in these timings for willing participation by the dog.
Do not leave the dog free wandering but go with them, they thrive when accompanied or have a job to do.
For furious watchdog, keep them on-leash during puppyhood to increase aggression but note that, this would get out of control sometimes.
The Tibetan Mastiff is sensitive to human mood; they can sense angriness or displeasure as well as happiness and admiration.
This breed is quieter at day but loud barker in night in response of any suspect. Its growl and size is the best deterrence for intruders.
They shed their coat once in a year; require weekly brushing to maintain grooming.
The dog needs early socialization, introduction by other pets and strong handler. This Mastiff is not suggested for first time dog owners.
The dog matures late, gets along well with children and other pets if grown together. Remember your teddy bear puppy would become a massive giant, so always supervise the interactions with children.
Seek for reputed and trustworthy breeders or suppliers to get healthy puppy, ensure puppies are clinically checked and are disease free.